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This Month in History :The battle of Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg began on July 1 and ended on July 4, 1863. This battle was one of the pivotal battles of the Civil War. It started because Confederate general Robert Lee wanted to invade the north and put a swift end to the Civil War. He wanted to invade Pennsylvania to force a battle with the Union Army. On July 1, 1863, General Lee ordered his troops into the town of Gettysburg to gather supplies and they unexpectedly ran into parts of the Union Army. Both generals directed their forces to Gettysburg.

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Books on one of the most basic (and important) activities

For most of us, walking is one of the basics of life: it’s a milestone in our development when we’re infants, the means to get from point A to point B, something mostly taken for granted… until, due to injury, age, or other incapacity, we have difficulty doing it. But walking is also an end in itself, one of the basic pleasures in life.

June is African-American Music Appreciation Month!

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Created on June 7,1979 by President Jimmy Carter, this month celebrates Black American musicians and musical art forms. Acknowledging that it is a foundational part of American culture. 

The Month in History: The Watergate Sandal

On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Headquarters located in the Watergate Hotel. The burglars were caught wiretapping phones and stealing documents.  It was later revealed that these men worked for the Committee to reelect the president. When the burglary became public, President Richard Nixon denied all involvement.

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Spring Mix Staff Picks

Amateur detectives return for new adventures and mysteries to solve and women rule in these novels and non-fiction books. Below are a few I've read and enjoyed. Copies can be checked out and downloaded from the library system. Jane and the Year Without a Summer by Stephanie Barron

My Shot: Balancing it All and Standing Tall

Pride Month 2022 Reads with the Washington Mystics

Adult and Young Adult Autobiographies and Biographies for Pride Month

This summer, DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend great reads that you can check out with your library card! Each month we will be posting Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme. June’s theme is Pride. In honor of Pride month, we have selected some amazing autobiographies and biographies for both adults and young adults that explore the lives and careers of LGBTQIA+ athletes.

The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk W Johnson.

8 Fascinating Nonfiction Books about Heists

Fictional heists can be a lot of fun and a popular subject for books and action movies, but incidents of the real thing have real implications. When items of value go missing, it’s not just the owner who loses, but the many organizations and teams who spend tireless hours and untold amounts of money in attempting to locate and repossess the stolen things. Plus, there are considerations around the people who originally owned an item and suffered theft through colonialism and other conquests.

It Didn't Start With You

Mental Health Awareness Month Reads with the Washington Mystics

Check out these thoughtful titles that explore mental health.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend thoughtful titles that explore topics around mental health, coping with mental health issues and approaches to healing. Check them out today with your library card.

This Month in History: Women's Army Corps

This Month in History : Women's Army Corps

This Month in History: The Battle of Lexington and Concord

This Month in History on April 19 1775 the first battle of the American Revolution was fought. The battle was known as the Battle of Lexington and Concord. The battle happened because the British and the American Colonists were upset with each other because the colonists believed that the British were taking advantage of them. The British had done such things as raising taxes and increasing the military presence in the colonies.